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Iraqi Shiite Turkmens, mostly women and children, try to board an Iraqi Army helicopter aid flight bringing in supplies to Amirli, a town that has been completely surrounded by militants with the Islamic State group (PA)

Islamic State is seeking to bully the world

In the land of IS, terror is once again the order of the day

Patriarch Kirill doesn’t want large sections of his flock looking westwards

The Russian Orthodox Church cannot afford to alienate Ukrainians as it bids for primacy within the Orthodox world

Woman reads prayer book at Cathedral in Beijing (CNS)

When will governments realise that religion is not their business and should not ever be their business?

The 'absurd' billboard in America

The post-modern idea that there is no such thing as historical fact, merely historical interpretations, is wrong

Pope Francis shakes hands with Russian President Vladimir Putin during a private audience. Below: The pair sit down for talks (CNS and video via Rome Reports )

Peace in the Middle East top of the agenda as Pontiff welcomes Russian President to the Vatican

Henry VIII (Kyodo)

The North Korean dictator is rather similar to the man who founded the Church of England

Russia's pious president (AP)

Russian leaders have always used the church for their own purposes

Stalin smiles at the Teheran Conference, Iran, in 1943 (AP Photo)

So how could a Stalin apologist be a ‘tireless agitator for a better world’?

Before her death from breast cancer the Catholic mother-of-seven devoted her life to life